The elections for the teachers body of Panjab University will take place on August 12.
The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) president, Devinder Singh, on Friday announced the annual election to the teachers body, a day after he sent out a mail to faculty members listing out his achievements in his tenure as PUTA president.
PUTA stated that preliminary list of members would be released on July 23, followed by a final list of voters on July 28. The nominations will be accepted till July 31 (1 pm). The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be done on the same day at 5 pm and nominations can be withdrawn till 5 pm on August 1. The final list of candidates would also be out on the same day at 6 pm. The elections to the teachers’ body will be held between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm on August 12.
There were nearly 650 voters for the teachers’ body last year and according to officials, this time around the number is expected to remain the same.
In the elections held in August last year, Devinder Singh supported by K Tankeshwar and senator Ashok Goyal group had defeated Mohammed Khaled and the Akshaya Kumar group. Jayanti Datta who fought for the post of secretary won from Akshaya-Khaled group, while the remaining four posts were taken over byTankeshwar-Goyal group.
Even in the thirteen member executive group, the KhaledAkshaya group could win only one seat, that too by Akshaya Kumar, a popular face of the group.
Talking about his accomplishments, Devinder Singh said that his biggest achievement in the past one year was that he was able to take everyone’s consideration.
“Whether you talk about amending the PUTA constitution or the issue of capping of API score, I was able to take into consideration everyone’s opinions, whether it was teachers, top officials or for mer PUTA presidents. I seeked help from them to get teacherrelated issues resolved. I tried to ensure that at no point I let politics overpower the interests of the community and vitiate the atmosphere,” Singh said.
On the other hand, Mohammed, who lost against Devinder Singh in previous elections trashed PUTA president’s claims.
“This year’s association remained non-visible. They could not find a permanaent solution to the previous issues, let alone new. Be it the issue of rotation of headship, increments to LLM, M Tech, and PhD teachers or increase of retirement age from 60-65.All these issues were there even a year ago,” Mohammed said. He added that PUTA had been taking credit forthe work carried out during the tenure of the previous body. He stated that Rs 44 lakh for beautification of type-2 flats were sanctioned during his tenure but Singh had been claiming credit for it. He also criticised the current association’s move to honour teachers for enabling an increase in the university’s ranking. “All are equal for us. We should do away with this practice. We are against creating such a divide,” Khaled said.